Karp's 1st time novelist status belies his experience as a writer - gleaned from
many years as an advertising copyrighter on accounts such as Coca-Cola, Gillette
and Paine Webber (remember the "Thank you Paine Webber ads?), followed by
further time spent as a writer/producer on TV sitcoms such as "Amen", "Baby
Talk" and "Working It Out". He has also written a play, "Squabbles", which
has been performed in over 500 theaters, and a movie, "Just Looking", that was
released in 2000.
He was born and brought up in and around New York City. Graduating with a BA in English during the Vietnam era he spent six months on active duty with the National Guard in Missouri, before signing up as an advertising copyrighter. He spent the next 22 years in the ad business, dabbling on the side with scriptwriting before eventually making the break into full-time scriptwriting.
However, that required him to work in LA and he didn't want to uproot his family from the East Coast, so eventually he moved back East just in time to catch the start of the Internet revolution - founding Compelling Content (an internet advertising agency) in 1994.
In 2000 he sold the company and his film "Just Looking" was released; and he realized it was time to write a novel - six drafts later along came The Rabbit Factory.
Bloodthirsty, is due to be released in May 2007. The only reviews so far are "author blurbs" from John Lescroart, Joseph Finder and Sheldon Siegel which, like all author blurbs, are positive. However, they are substantially more upbeat and glowing than is strictly necessary simply to fulfill a favor to a friend or publisher, which bodes well for the second volume in the series!
This article was originally published in June 2006, and has been updated for the
March 2007 paperback release.
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